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making news in america this morning. >> shocking verdict. after only 11 hours of deliberations, jurors in the casey anthony trial find her not guilty of murder. where the case goes from here in a moment. then dead debate. with congress back to work on the nation's deficit, president obama is calling for top congressional leaders to a meeting at the white house later. and little hero. the 3-year-old boy who used some quick thinking to save his mom's life. good morning. freedom is in casey anthony's future. a jury has acquitted her of the three serious charges she faced. not guilty of murder, not guilty of aggravated child abuse and also not guilty of aggravated manslaughter.
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>> so now thanksgiving could be released froroprison as soon as tomorrow, and john hendren is joining us live this morning with more details on this closely watched case. john. >> reporter: good morning, daniel and peggy. casey anthony could still do time for lying to police, but on all the major charges she was completely vindicated. a nation transfixed by the trial was left stunned by the verdict. >> as to the charge of first degree murder, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: not guilty of murder, manslaughter or child abuse. for the defense there was relief. >> casey did not murder caylee. it's that simple, and today our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction. >> reporter: there was also champagne for casey facing just four convictions for lying to police and a sentence of up to a year in prison, nearly h hysterical joy that it's over. >> she could confess in the
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future. she could say i did it in a year from now and it would still be over. >> reporter: for her family her father and brother accused of sexually molesting and her mother leaving accused of leavi ladder to the backyard pool down and the father accused of disposing of the body, silence. >> i don't know how the anthony family will ever recover from that. >> reporter: outside the courtroom the crowd that followed the nearly three-year-long case was stunned and angry. >> oh, my god. >> guilty. >eporter: for some a sense of justice denied. >> this is crazy. justice, we wanted justice for caylee, and we're not getting justice for caylee. >> reporter: why the jury chose to acquit on all major counts, none of them would say. >> my guess is that these jurors felt that there was reasonable doubt. >> reporter: in the end it may have been the physical evidence that undid the prosecution. caylee was missing so long, six months before her body was found, it was simply too decomposed to help their case. daniel and peggy? >> john, she was guilty of some
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charges. what was the lies she was convicted of telling? >> reporter: well, she had to explain to police why caylee had been missing for 31 days before she reported it, and she wrote this sort of web of lies that she told them. mainly that the baby-sitter had kidnapped caylee. she said in the end that the reason that she had lied to police was that she had been sexually abused by her brother and her father, charges they deny, and that she had been taught to lie all of her life. and that's pretty much what it came down to. in the end the jury apparently wasn't sure. >> yeah, a web of tales ther all right, well, john hendren with the very latest, thank you so much from washington this morning. and we will have more reaction from outside the courtroom later in this half hour. we'll also hear from one of the alternate jurors coming up on "good morning america." moving on now to the frantic search-and-rescue operation off the coast of mexico entering its fourth day. >> coast guard and mexican navy officials say it is possible that seven u.s. tourists missing since their fishing boat capsized on sunday could survive
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up to 96 hours. the search area is expanding because other shipwreck survivors in the region have been swept far away by fast tides. and in washington, congressional lawmakers will be back at it today trying to hammer out a compromise on raising the debt limit. >> president obama is pushing hard to get a deal done by july 22nd, well before the august 2nd deadline. karen travers has the latest on those negotiations. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, peggy. good morning, da that over president obama said that over the weekend there was some progress made on these contentious debt negotiations, but he said in order to reach a final deal, both sides are going to have to make some painful concessions. president obama said it's time to get down to business on the deficit. he invited house and senate leaders from both parties to the white house on thursday to work toward a final agreement. >> it's my hope that everybody is going to leave their ultimatums at the door, that we'll all leave our political rhetoric at the door and that we're going to do what's best for our economy and do what's best for our people. >> reporter: this was supposed
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to be a vacation week for the senate. instead, lawmakers are back in washington trying to hammer out a deal to raise the nation's credit limit. >> the time is here for my republican colleagues to put politics aside. simply put, we're out of time. >> reporter: congressional republicans have refused to budge on raising taxes as a way to reduce the deficit. >> washington needs to find a way to spend less. taxing more is their easy way out. >> reporter: the white house has zeroed in on about $2 trillion in total reductions. they would come from budget cuts including tens of billions to medicare and medicaid and more than $400 billion in tax increases over the next decade. >> this will require both parties to get out of our comfort zones and both parties to agree on real compromise. >> reporter: democratic officials said the $2 trillion would show credit rating agencies there is political will in washington to get a handle on the deficit. president obama said he opposes the short-term deal that just
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raises the debt ceiling. he said this is a unique opportunity to do something about the deficit and force the government to live within its means. peggy and daniel? and crews are facing major challenges in trying to clean up an oil spill in the yellowstone river in montana. >> the river has been flowing too fast and snow melt has pushed it above flood stage adding to fears the spill will be carried into areas that haven't yet been damage. >> boy. also the southwest monsoon season is in full swing. you can tell this by a blinding dust storm. take a look at this. this one descended on the phoenix area. >> looked like something out of a hollywood movie. >> armageddon. >> the cloud was 50 miles wide and 1,000 feet high as it moved in last night reducing visibility to zero as you might imagine. a lot of people lost power and flights were temporarily grounded. hopefully where you are it's not that extreme. as we look at the nation's weather, the four corners region could see more dust storms and flash flooding. those thunderstorms stretch into california and nevada.
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severe weather sweeps in with high winds and hail from the dakotas into denver, kansas city, st. louis and chicago, pop-up thunderstorms from the gulf coast and much of the southeast. >> and here are some temps from other cities. 91 in new orleans. 87 in miami. mostly 90s for the rest of the east coast. 80s from detroit to fargo, and dallas heats up to 103. phoenix coming in at 106. 95 in sacramento and 87 degrees in salt lake. >> coming up, netflix is heating up south of the border. details on the online movie rental company's largest expansion outside the u.s. and the cheating scandal that is rocking the atlanta school system. the investigation shows it goes all the way to the top. ab
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overseas markets are unsettled after portugal's debt rating was downgraded. tokyo's nikkei average topped 10,000 with 110 points. hong kong's hang seng is nearly as much. in london the ftse opened slightly higher. on wall street the dow lost 13 and the nasdaq index gained 10. >> gas prices, have they hit rock bottom? for this summer, yes, they have. gas is sitting down about 21 cents in the past month but just a penny in the past week because there are still problems with refineries in the midwest. not everyone is happy with the settlement over b bk of america's bad mortgage-backed securities. a group of investors is challenging in court the 8.5 billion deal. they say they were left out of
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the settlement and it wasn't big enough. well, twitter is reportedly seeking more private finances. it could be valued as high as $7 billion. by not going public it gives itself more time to develop a more profitable business model. >> netflix is expanding to latin america. it is only available in two country, the u.s. and canada. the expansion to 43 more countries have been expected but few analysts thought the expansion would be this big. your morning eggs and bacon breakfast gets more expensive. not the eggs but bacon. prices are sizzling. corn prices are at record highs and hog farmers are cutting prpruction. that makes it more expensive for shoppers to bring home the bacon, so to speak. >> is it possible to have too much bacon? sorry vegetarians. >> i'm not a bacon person but most like it. i think you can have too much though, fyi. reaction from outside the courtroom after the shocking casey anthony verdict. did one of britain's most
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the desert southwest is in for another soaker as y y another round of monsoon rains swamp several states. late afternoon storm battered the las vegas area washing out at least one road and the downpours also triggered flash flood warnings in and around the city. >> speaking of that, as this commute gets under way, expect flash flooding on i-10 from l.a. to el paso. from san bernardino to albuquerque. wetten i-70 from denver to kansas city and i-80 from cheyenne to omaha. >> if you're taking to the air, airport delays arereossible in atlanta, kansas city, denver, salt lake city and phoenix. and recapping our top story now, casey anthony could walk free as soon as tomorrow after jurors found her not guilty of
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murder. she was convicted of only four minor charges and considered time served she could be released from jail. >> jurors in the case refused to speak with reporters about their deliberations and their identities are being kept secret. >> n towell, their decision to acquit her sent off shock waves around the nation. >> that was true outside the orlando courtroom where hundreds gathered day after day during the trial. some could not believe the verdict. >> i think they did improve their case and i think for the first time in a long time we saw justice whether it was justice people wanted or not. if they can't prove their case the constitution of the united states with no evidence, you have to set them free. >> you do realize you're greatly outnumbered. >> i don't care. i don't care. i'm a patriotic american and if they would have found her guilty they might as well stopped celebrating the fourth of july because they throw the constitution out the window. i've got kids myself. i love children but unless you
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can prove it, you cannot convict someone. >> as a mother who's lost a chchd, my 2-year-old, for one minute in target years ago, now 15, for her to display and do what she's done and say it was an accident or whatever i think is just unbelievable. for the jurors to disregard everything they heard and not be able to connect the dots is a joke. probably she'll do it again in ten years and she'll be right back here. >> reporter: what makes you say that?d theor one second there's mothers out there they freak out when they don't see their kid. 31 case and you go caught calling the police. that's neglect. that's abuse. something that should be reported. >> emotions running very high and, again, lots more on the casey anthony murder trial coming up on "good morning america." in other news, a scathing new investigation shows nearly 200 t tchers and principals in the atlanta school system have been cheating. investigators found that some of them changed test answers on
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weekends at so-called eraserase parties and many of them could soon face criminal charges. well, major advertisers have been begun pulling their business from the british tabloid "news of the world" this morning. the paper is facing claims that in 2002 one of its private detectives hacked into a missing 13-year-old cell phone messages, even deleting some of those to make room for possible new ones. milly dowling was found murdered. and the messages gave her parents and police some hope she was still alive. in our royals update william and kate's tour s sps in alberta, canada where they meet victims of a springtime wildfire. >> they took part in a tree planting ceremony and also prince william tried his hand at field hockey but failed to land the puck in the net. hard to do in a suit. >> it is.
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first lady michelle obama hit the baseball diamond to drum up support for military families. >> she took to the mound ahead of last night's nationals/cubs game accompanied by nine children who have parents serving in the armed forces. mrs. obama cheered as one of the kids threw out the ceremonial first pitch. and with that let's take a look at some of the highlights from the world of sports last night and for that here's will selva at espn news. >> good morning. yankees' shortstop derek jeter continuing his pursuit of 3,000 hits. sitting on 2,994 in cleveland. yankees up 1-0. runners on the corners. jeter brings home two run, went 2 for 6. four shy of 3k. later, two out. grandy man, curtis granderson, one of two home runs, cc sabathia, 12th win of the season. the red sox, there's jon lester as the red sox took on
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blue jays. lester strikes out adam lipid. he left with a no-no ink tact. blue jays down 3-0. jose bautista, deep into the night, 28th home run of the season. blue jays are down now. later in the inning john mcdonald and heads to home, mcdonald, the throw, nicely done. he may have beaten the tab but the red sox win it, 3-2. albert pujols expected to miss up to six weeks with a small fracture had his left wrist, back after 15 days. activated tuesday but not in the lineup. holliday was. that leaves in a early. 16th multihome run game of his career. lance berkman gets every bit of that pitch, 350th career home
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run as the cards win it, 8-1. that'll do it for this espn news update. i'm will selva. all right. well, police in the bay area are trying to track down a stolen picasso and the man would swiped it from the san francisco art gallery. >> a well-dressed man in dark glasses grabbed the pencil drawing and hopped into a waiting taxi. the 1965 work titled "head of a woman" is the size of a standard sheet of paper but experts say it will be a tad hard to sell. brazen theft. >> hard to unload. coming up next, the stories we'll be following from the m t meeting dominique strauss-kahn's attorneys are expected to wihav with police. my whole body hurt. it was an ongoing, deep pain.
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whitey bulger is due in court in boston today. the 81-year-old is expected to enter a plea on 19 murder charges. bulgerer had been on the run until he was captured in santa monica last month. this is the first time he'll formally respond to criminal charges in nearly two decades. roger clemens' perjury trial gets under way today in washington. the former cy young winner is accused of lying when he testified under oath before a house committee that he never used steroids or human growth hormones d ding his career. president obama will answer questions about jobs and the economy from twitter users today. questions for the president will be selected by twitter. but he won't be tweeting his answers. they'll be delivered verbally in front of a live audience at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. and facebook has scheduled a news conference for later today to announce the launch of something they're calling "awesome." all right. details are still a secret but the speculation is that facebook plans to unveil a video chat service that is likely powered by skype. they say it's going to be awesome, daniel. >> we'll be watching it. for some of you local news is next. >> for everybody else the story of a little boy who is a giant
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coming up next at 4:30. new coastguard video of the search for the seven california men missing at sea. and the city of richmond is a step closer to offering controversial i.d. cards that will document undocumented immigrants. >> we'll be in the 90s in many areas but not as hot a and finally, a big task for tiny fingers. how a quick-thinking toddler saved his mom. >> dialing 911 may not be as simple as it sounds,
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especially on a smartphone but it was no match for a tech-savvy 3-year-old in kansas. lauren seabrook explains. >> emporia 911. hello? >> mama's sick. >> mama's sick? >> reporter: four faint words from the tiniest of mouths are the reason this precious mother/son moment is possible. >> i'm always amazed by cyrus but he really pulled through for me that night. >> reporter: it was a night just like any other when 3-year-old silas wagner used his itty-bitty fingers to make one very important call. >> i put some things up on the entertainment center and said, we need to go to bed, and i don't remember anything after that. >> reporter: low blood sugar caused jesse to fall unconscious. that's when silas dialed 911. and within five minutes, police were at the home. >> when they got there and looked in the window and saw that there was a woman laying on the e floor, and so they called for an ambulance. >> reporter: the amazing thing
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is that on jesse's phone you don't just 911. you first have to unlock the phone, press the call button, dial 911 and then hit send. that's a lot of steps for a 3-year-old. >> we're just all so proud of him and thankful that he was paying attention all those times i talked about it. >> reporter: jesse said she told silas about t 1 numerous times and she's glad he was listening. >> we just look forward to him hopefully continuing to be a hero when he needs to be and being able to share with him how great of a kid he is. >> in emporia, lauren seabrook, abc news. >> silas is my new hero. >> adorable kid too. very important lesson for mom. >> not just tech savvy but savvy. the wherewithal. >> it's true. you got to do that, got to r ray the information, well done. >> learning at a young age. that's what's making news in america near this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." and also have a great wednesday. we'll see you back here tomorrow.